I have a Shuttle AK35GTR with a built-in Highpoint RAID controller. My main hard drive is a pair of 40GB drives striped together for speed (RAID-0). I was about to put in a 120GB drive to back up my data because I know that it’s stupid to have striped drives without a backup. I was doing a reboot to check what my system was like in a pristine state, before I completely powered down to install my backup drive, and here’s what I got.
It POSTed just fine. It flipped through the onboard RAID process just fine. The BIOS report regarding IRQs and so on all checked out. Then it said “Updating ESCD Data… Success!”.
The hard drives clicked once, and the ANSI graphics from the BIOS checkout jumped one line upwards. All of the lights on my USB keyboard came on and stayed on. The computer stopped doing anything at all.
I’ve tried altering the BIOS settings, but it feels to me like the RAID controller has “forgotten” that the drives are there and striped together. I’m a little bit scared to go mucking about with any of the low-level settings in this case, because if the RAID’s integrity is busted, I’m going to have a hell of a time getting the data off of it.
So, Dopers, how bad is it? Should I start crying yet, or hold off? Will installing the new drive, formatting it to NTFS, and having the spare space on-hand be a useful precaution, or is it more likely to cause harm than good?